Light and Power for a Multiracial Nation

Light and Power for a Multiracial Nation : The Kariba Dam Scheme in the Central African Federation

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'Modernisation' was one of the most pervasive ideologies of the twentieth century. Focusing on a case study of the Kariba Dam in central-southern Africa and based on an array of primary sources and interviews the book provides a nuanced understanding of development in the turbulent late 1950s, a time when most colonies moved towards independence.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 323 pages
  • 142 x 220 x 26mm | 599.99g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2013 ed.
  • XII, 323 p.
  • 113726876X
  • 9781137268761
  • 1,572,346

Review quote

"This was a book that needed to be written....It exists as an important addition to the historiography of development in sub-Saharan Africa." - Margaret Mielke, Modern African Studies "Light and Power tells in great and effective detail the story of a dam and a colonial moment. Tischler argues that the dam itself has been underreported in historical literature. Her book addresses that lacuna." - James C. McCann, American History Review "The great strength of this study is the author's success in writing an 'entangled history' of Kariba, which emphasizes the ways that the ideas, practices, strategies, and understandings of the competing protagonists are constructed as part of a set cross-cultural interactions located within an asymmetrical field of power. Her notion of 'entangled history,' derived from a broad reading of post-colonial and subaltern studies, allows Tischler to moved beyond the familiar binaries of 'colonized and colonizer,' 'black and white,' 'resistors and collaborators,' and 'colonial and post-colonial.' She presents a more nuanced and complicated analysis of the ambiguous, and at times, contradictory, roles which many of the principal protagonists played in the unfolding drama of national building and modernization at both the local, national and global levels." - Allen Isaacman, African Studies Quarterly "Tischler demonstrates very clearly how, as the impulses that first stimulated Federation began to wane, the Kariba Dam project supremely embodied the contradictory nature of development in late colonial Africa." - Kate Law, African Affairsshow more

About Julia Tischler

Julia Tischler is a Researcher in African History at the International Research Center 'Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History' at Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany. Her PhD dissertation, on which her monograph is based, received the Hedwig-Hintze-Prize for the best doctoral thesis in History, awarded every two years by the German Historical Association (Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands).show more

Table of contents

Introduction PART I: PLANNING KARIBA 1. Global High Modernism and the Kariba Dam Scheme 2. 'Scientific' Decision-Making? 3. Developing a Powerful White Nation 4. Negotiating Development: the Kariba Loan Talks PART II: PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING THE RESETTLEMENT 5. African Development and the Resettlement Question 6. A Dam Against the 'Primitive': White Discourse about the Gwembe Tonga 7. Renegotiating African Development: the Resettlement in Northern Rhodesia 8. The 'Efficiency' of Settler Rule: the Resettlement in Southern Rhodesia PART III: INTERVENING IN THE KARIBA DAM PROJECT 9. In the Middle of Development: Hezekiah Habanyama and the Gwembe Tonga Native Authority 10. Struggling with Development: the Perspectives of the Gwembe Tonga 11. A Black Dam for the People: Nationalist and Left-wing Critiques PART IV: BUILDING THE KARIBA DAM 12. A Microcosm of the Modern Nation: Controlling the Kariba Construction Site 13. Coping, Protesting, Improving their Lives: Kariba's Workers PART V: THE END OF JOINT DEVELOPMENT: PLANNING LAKE KARIBA Conclusion Bibliography Indexshow more

Review Text

"This was a book that needed to be written....It exists as an important addition to the historiography of development in sub-Saharan Africa." - Margaret Mielke, Modern African Studies "Light and Power tells in great and effective detail the story of a dam and a colonial moment. Tischler argues that the dam itself has been underreported in historical literature. Her book addresses that lacuna." - James C. McCann, American History Review "The great strength of this study is the author's success in writing an 'entangled history' of Kariba, which emphasizes the ways that the ideas, practices, strategies, and understandings of the competing protagonists are constructed as part of a set cross-cultural interactions located within an asymmetrical field of power. Her notion of 'entangled history,' derived from a broad reading of post-colonial and subaltern studies, allows Tischler to moved beyond the familiar binaries of 'colonized and colonizer,' 'black and white,' 'resistors and collaborators,' and 'colonial and post-colonial.' She presents a more nuanced and complicated analysis of the ambiguous, and at times, contradictory, roles which many of the principal protagonists played in the unfolding drama of national building and modernization at both the local, national and global levels." - Allen Isaacman, African Studies Quarterly "Tischler demonstrates very clearly how, as the impulses that first stimulated Federation began to wane, the Kariba Dam project supremely embodied the contradictory nature of development in late colonial Africa." - Kate Law, African Affairsshow more